By all rights, Sunday’s revelation should have been the end of it. Democrats spent two years complaining about Republicans and their investigation into the events surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack. They spent at least six years complaining about Ken Starr’s investigation into the Clintons. Surely they would be the first ones to recognize that the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation into 2016 Russian meddling would be the end of this whole mess. Surely they would accept the conclusions reached by the man they’ve practically sainted as an American hero, worthy of a spot on Mt. Rushmore. Surely they would not try to drag the country through any more of their collusion hoax nonsense.
Well of course they’re going to do that. They’re already starting. They’re slamming Attorney General William Barr as a partisan protector of the president. They’re slamming Mueller for not interviewing Trump in person. They’re calling for two years of further congressional inquiries. They expected Mueller to hand them Trump’s head on a platter, and they got the exact opposite. Now they don’t know what to do with themselves.
Republicans have an idea: Shut up, sit down, and move on.
“Our country welcomes this long-overdue conclusion,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement. “After two years, two congressional investigations, and now the closure of a Special Counsel investigation with unfettered authority to investigate ‘any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Campaign of President Donald Trump,’ it is abundantly clear, without a shadow of a doubt, there was no collusion. Furthermore, the nearly unlimited scope, resources, and subpoena power of the Special Counsel has allowed his team to fully pursue any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation. This case is closed.”
“Rather than focus on the issues that affect the lives of everyday Americans, like jobs, health care, and border security,” said Rep. Steve Scalise, “Democrats and their allies in the media have chosen to spend the last 674 days perpetuating conspiracy theories and lies in a shameless effort to discredit a President whose election they still are trying to overturn.
“Attorney General Barr concluded that the president did not obstruct justice, and the special counsel definitively stated President Trump is not charged with any crimes,” Scalise continued. “For years, high-ranking Democrats in leadership positions in Congress claimed the special counsel’s report would provide definitive proof of collusion, and today’s report has proven that to be an outright lie once and for all. Everyone who made those kind of untrue and outrageous claims should apologize for misleading the American people for the last two years.”
Note to Scalise: Don’t hold your breath waiting for that apology.
But of course, he and McCarthy are absolutely right. If Mueller had concluded that Trump was guilty of obstruction and collusion, impeachment proceedings would have begun Monday morning at 9:00 am sharp. It is only because the report does not confirm the Democrats’ wild, speculative theories that they are now casting doubts about the investigation’s veracity. They’ve invested everything they have into the Mueller report. Now they are lost at sea without so much as a life preserver.